Quote Originally Posted by efmbman View Post
The Pete Rose ruling goes back to the first Commissioner of Baseball - Keenesaw Mountain Landis after the "Black Sox" scandal. Google it for the full story...
In a nutshell, the Black Sox player were acquitted at trial, but Commissioner Landis ruled that "Regardless of the verdict of juries, no player who throws a ball game, no player who undertakes or promises to throw a ball game, no player who sits in confidence with a bunch of crooked ballplayers and gamblers, where the ways and means of throwing a game are discussed and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever play professional baseball."
That set the precedent that was used with Pete Rose.
I feel Rose should be in the Hall of Fame - no doubt about it. Until Pro Baseball is willing to make an official ruling regarding the steroid era, they appear to be cherry picking what is harmful to the sport and what is not.
As with the original post:

Beat your wife: Pro sports basically gives you a pass.

Beat your kid: Pro sports basically gives you a pass.

Murder someone: Pro sports basically gives you a pass.

Obstruct justice in a murder trial: Pro sports basically gives you a pass.

Get drunk, drive your car and kill someone: Pro sports basically gives you a pass.

Mess with the "integrity of the game": Stand the hell by.

It is a hypocrisy that will likely not change as long as the athletes are part of a multi-billion dollar machine.

Sports stars used to be heroes and conducted themselves knowing people looked up to them. Times have changed, for many there are new heroes.